The first day of the so-called “Summer of Hell” emergency track repair program at Penn Station appears to have largely gone off without a hitch.
Late Thursday night, another New Jersey Transit commuter train derailed at Penn Station. According to initial reports, the train was travelling in the vicinity of track 11, a part of the station that is scheduled to receive intensive maintenance beginning on Monday.
NJ Transit said that all train service in and out of Penn was suspended, and that all MidTown Direct trains were to be diverted to Hoboken until further notice. Systemwide cross-honoring with bus carriers and PATH was put in effect.
An Amtrak spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.
Joe Lhota, chairman of the MTA in 2012, has been reconfirmed to the position by the New York State Senate, after being nominated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
At today’s MTA board meeting, the agency released an action plan about how to improve its paratransit services.
On Tuesday afternoon, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a press release calling for two new seats on the MTA’s board, which would be controlled by the Governor.
Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call to reduce fares on the Long Island Rail Road during the upcoming “summer of hell”, the MTA has followed through on his request.
Late Monday night, several new MTA board members were confirmed by the New York State Senate.